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    Counseling for Trauma

    Most people will experience some type of trauma in their lifetime. Traumatic events can include accidents, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent act or exposure to a natural disaster. Complex trauma is often defined by exposure to a chronically invalidating environment.

    Clients can develop the tools to recover from trauma and it’s effects on current functioning. Developing psychological flexibility, resiliency and an understanding of how to integrate past events in more helpful and sustainable ways.

    Our clinicians will assess and collaboratively develop an appropriate treatment plan.

    Trauma Symptoms include:

    According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5

    Avoidance Symptoms

    • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
    • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

    Re-experiencing Symptoms

    • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

    Hyperarousal Symptoms

    • Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
    • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
    • Sleep disturbances

    Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

    • Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
    • Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
    • Change in habits or behavior since the trauma

    Research indicates psychotherapy can be an effective form of treatment for trauma. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) , Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.

    If you or someone you know are experiencing trauma symptoms, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation to see if we can help.